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Lise Rakner is Professor, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen. Her research interests cover the fields of Comparative Democratization, with particular emphasis on human rights, electoral politics and political parties in sub-Saharan Africa. Rakner's work also extents to political economy, with an emphasis on economic reforms, taxation, business associations, budget processes and aid effectiveness. She has conducted a number of governance assessment analyses for international agencies and donor governments . She holds an adjunct position at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Bergen.

Courses

Sampol 315: Elections and representation (Master level)

Sampol 335. Elections and Representation in Democracies (Master)

Sampol 314: Elections in New democracies (Master level)

Sampol 100: Introduction to Comparative Politics

Sampol 120: Scandinavian Politics (BA level)

Sampol 250: Writing the Bachelor thesis (BA level)

Sampol 100: Introduction to Comparative Politics

Publications

Publicationlist in Cristin

PEER REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC WORKS (selected)

Monographs and edited books

Burnell, Peter, Vicky Randall and Lise Rakner (eds.), 2017. Politics in the Developing World. Oxford University Press, 5th edition.

Elgesem, D., E. Eide, S. Gloppen, and L. Rakner (red.), 2014. Klima, Medier og Politikk. Oslo: Abstrakt Forlag

Kiiza, Julius, Sabiti Makara and Lise Rakner (eds.), 2008. Electoral Democracy in Uganda: Understanding the Institutional Dynamics, Processes and Outcomes of the 2006 Multiparty Elections. Kampala: Fountain Publishers.

Gloppen, Siri and Lise Rakner (eds.), 2007: Globalization and Democratisation: Challenges for Political Parties. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget.

Rakner, Lise, 2003: Political and Economic Liberalisation in Zambia. Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute.

 

Journal articles and book chapters

Lust, Ellen and Lise Rakner, 2018. “The Other Side of Taxation: Extraction and Social Institutions in the Developing World“, Annual Review of Political Science 2018, 21:1 

Ballen, C., Lee, D., Rakner, L., & Cotner, S. 2018. “Politics a “Chilly” Environment for Undergraduate Women in Norway”, PS: Political Science & Politics, 1-6. doi:10.1017/S1049096518000045

Dulani, Boniface, Lise Rakner, Lindsay J. Benstead, and Vibeke Wang, 2018. “’Because We Expect More from You’: The Gender and Corruption Factor in the 2014 Presidential Elections.” Malawi Journal of Social Science. (April) (forthcoming).

Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Benstead, Lindsay; Dulani, Boniface; Rakner, Lise; Wang, Vibeke,. “It Takes a Female Chief: Gender and Effective Policy Advocacy in Malawi”. Accepted for publication Comparative Political Studies

Rakner, Lise and Vicky Randall, 2017. “Institutions”, in Burnell, Peter, Vicky Randall and Lise Rakner (eds.), Politics in the Developing World. Oxford University Press, 5th edition.

Rakner, Lise, 2017: “Democracy and Regime Change”, in Burnell, Peter, Vicky Randall and Lise Rakner (eds.), Politics in the Developing World. Oxford University Press, 5th edition.

Rakner, Lise 2017,: “Governance”, in Burnell, Peter, Vicky Randall and Lise Rakner (eds.), Politics in the Developing World. Oxford University Press, 5th edition.

Helle, Svein Erik and Lise Rakner, 2017. “The impact of elections. The case of Uganda”, in Gerschewski, Johannes and Christoph Stefes (eds.). Crisis in Autocratic Regimes, Boulder: Lynne Rienner, pp. 111-134.

Rakner, Lise, 2017. “Tax bargains in unlikely places: The politics of Zambian mining taxes”. The Extractive Industries and Society (4), pp. 525-538.

Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise, Lise Rakner, and Ingvild Skage, 2016. “Political capital of ruling parties after regime change: Contrasting successful insurgencies to peaceful pro-democracy movements. Civil Wars, Vol. 18(2) pp. 175-191.

Gloppen,Siri and L. Rakner 2015. «Norske klimaparadokser», Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift, Vol 31, No. 3, pp  246-256.

Gloppen, L. Rakner og V. Vibe 2014. ”Stortingsklima: Klima som valgkamptema og norske politikeres syn på klimautfordringene”, i, Klima, Medier og Politikk. Oslo: Abstrakt Forlag.

Vibe, V.  S. Gloppen og L. Rakner 2014.  “Klimabistand: God bistandspolitikk? “Klima, Medier og Politikk. Oslo: Abstrakt Forlag.

O.L.M. Ferraz, S. Gloppen, O. Mæstad, L. Rakner, 2014. “Judging the price of life: cost considerations in right-to-health litigation” I H.S. Aasen, S. Gloppen, A-M Magnussen, E. Nilssen: Juridification and Social Citizenship in the Welfare State. Edward Elgar Publishing

Helle Svein-Erik and Lise Rakner, 2014. “Grabbing an election: Abuse of state resources in the 2011 elections in Uganda” in Tina Søreide and Aled Williams (eds.): Corruption, Grabbing, and Development. Real World Challenges. London and Massachusetts: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 164-174.

Rakner, Lise and Lars Svåsand, 2013. “Competition and participation, but no democracy: The politics of elections in Africa´s feckless regimes” Statsvetenskapelig Tidskrift, Vol 115, No 4, pp. 365-384.

Rakner, Lise, Mette Bakken, 2013. “Elections”, in Nadini Patel and Lars Svåsand (eds.), Government and Politics in Malawi, 2nd edition. Zomba: Kachere Books.

Rakner, Lise, 2013: ”Foreign Aid and Democratic Consolidation in Zambia” in Resnick, Danielle and Nicolas van de Walle (eds.): Democratic Trajectories in Africa: Unravelling the Impact of Foreign Aid. Oxford University Press.

Rakner, Lise, Svein-Erik Helle and Siri Gloppen, 2012. “I pose og sekk? Klima i norsk utviklingspolitikk etter 2005”, Nye stormakter i Afrika - utvikling eller utbytting? Scandinavian Academic Press, pp. 271-295.

Rakner, Lise and Lars Svåsand, 2012. “Foreign aid, democracy promotion and democratic progress”, in Jens Blom-Hansen, Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Svend-Erik Skaaning(eds.): Democracy, Elections and Political Parties. Aarhus: Politica, pp. 39-49.

Rakner, Lise, 2011. “Institutionalizing the pro-democracy movements: the case of Zambia's Movement for Multiparty Democracy”, Democratization, Vol. 18 (5) pp. 1106-1124.

Rakner, Lise, Ottar Mæstad, Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz, 2011. “Assessing the impact of health rights litigation: A comparative analysis of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, India and South Africa” in Litigating Health Rights: Can Courts Bring More Justice to Health (Harvard Law School Human Rigthts Programme Series). Harvard University Press, pp. 273-303.
 

Rakner, Lise 2010. “The Management of the 2009 Electoral Process. The Role of the Malawi Electoral Commission”, in Ott, Martin and Fidelis Edge Kanyongolo (eds.): Democracy in Progress: Malawi’s 2009 Parliamentary and Presidential Elections. Blantyre: Kachere Books, No. 48, pp. 25-47.

Rakner, Lise and Lars Svåsand, 2010. “In search of the impact of international support for political parties in new democracies: Malawi and Zambia compared”, Democratization, Vol. 17(6) pp. 1250-1274.

Rakner, Lise and Nicolas van de Walle, 2009. “Opposition Parties and Incumbent Presidents: the New Dynamics of Electoral Competition in Africa”, in Staffan Lindberg (ed.) Democratization by Elections. A New Mode of Transition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 202-225.

Makara, Sabiti, Lise Rakner and Lars Svåsand, 2009. “Turnaround: The National Resistance Movement and the Reintroduction of Multiparty-Party System in Uganda, International Political Science Review, Vol. 30 (2), pp. 185-204.

Rakner, Lise and Nicolas van de Walle, 2009. “Opposition Weakness in Africa”, Journal of Democracy, Vol 20 (3), pp. 108-121.

Rakner, Lise and Lars Svåsand, 2009. “Valgets Politikk: Betydningen av administrative virkemidler for å beholde makten I Malawi og Uganda”, Politika, Vol. 41 (3), pp, 268-282.

Fritz, Verena, Alina Rocha Menocal and Lise Rakner, 2008. "Hybrid regimes and the
challenges of deepening and sustaining democracy in developing countries", South African Journal of International Affairs Vol. 15 (1), pp. 29-40.

Rakner, Lise, Lars Svåsand and Nixon Khembo, 2007. “Fissions and fusions, foes and friends: Party system restructuring in the 2004 elections in Malawi”, Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 40 (9), pp. 1112-1137.

 

Working Papers

Arriola, Leonardo R. and Lise Rakner, 2017. “Reconceptualizing African Party Systems: Explaining the Variation in Institutionalized Competition.”

Arriola, Leonardo R., Donghyun Danny Choi, Justine Davis, Lise Rakner, Ingvild Skage, and Melanie Thompson, 2017. “Party Building and Politician Defection in Zambia.”

Kristen Kao, Ellen Lust and Lise Rakner, 2017. “Money Machine: Do the poor demand clientilism. Gothenburg University, Program on Governance and Local Pevelopment (GLD), WP, 14.

Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Benstead, Lindsay; Dulani, Boniface; Rakner, Lise; Wang, Vibeke, 2017. “It Takes a Female Chief: Gender and Effective Policy Advocacy in Malawi”. Gothenburg: The Program on Governance and Local Development, University of Gothenburg no. Working Paper No. 11.

Benstead, Lindsay; Dulani, Boniface; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Rakner, Lise; Wang, Vibeke 2017.The Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI) in Malawi: Selected Findings on Gender. Gothenburg University: The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) 2017,  64 s.

 

  • Lust, Ellen; Rakner, Lise. 2018. The other side of taxation: extraction and social institutions in the developing world. Annual review of political science (Palo Alto, Calif. Print). 21: 277-294. doi: 10.1146/annurev-polisci-042716-102149
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke; Benstead, Lindsay; Dulani, Boniface; Rakner, Lise. 2018. Why the Gender of Traditional Authorities Matters: Intersectionality and Women’s Rights Advocacy in Malawi. Comparative Political Studies. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0010414018774369
  • Rakner, Lise. 2018. Den demokratiske snarveien. Agenda Magasin. Published 2018-05-14.
  • Rakner, Lise. 2018. Breaking Bad: Understanding Backlash Against Democracy in Africa. CMI Insigth. 1.
  • Rakner, Lise. 2018. Politics a “Chilly” Environment for Undergraduate Women in Norway. PS: Political Science and Politics. 1-6.
  • Benstead, Lindsay; Dulani, Boniface; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Rakner, Lise; Wang, Vibeke. 2017. The Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI) in Malawi: Selected Findings on Gender. The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD), Gothenburg University. 64 pages.
  • Helle, Svein-Erik; Rakner, Lise. 2017. The Impact of Elections: The Case of Uganda. 6, pages 111-134. In:
    • Gerschewski, Johannes; Stefes, Christoph H. 2017. Crisis in Autocratic Regimes. Lynne Rienner Publishers. 269 pages. ISBN: 978-1-62637-673-1.
  • Rakner, Lise. 2017. Tax bargains in unlikely places: The politics of Zambian mining taxes. The Extractive Industries and Society. 4: 525-538. doi: 10.1016/j.exis.2017.04.005
  • Rakner, Lise. 2017. Governance. Kapittel 15, pages 226-242. In:
    • Rakner, Lise; Randall, Vicky; Peter, Burnell. 2017. Politics in the Developing World, 5th Edition. Oxford University Press. 453 pages. ISBN: 978-0-19-873743-8.
  • Rakner, Lise. 2017. Democratization and Regime Change. Kapittel 14, pages 211-225. In:
    • Rakner, Lise; Randall, Vicky; Peter, Burnell. 2017. Politics in the Developing World, 5th Edition. Oxford University Press. 453 pages. ISBN: 978-0-19-873743-8.
  • Rakner, Lise. 2017. Vafler for demokratiet. Agenda Magasin. Published 2017-12-14.
  • Rakner, Lise. 2017. demokrati i forfall. Agenda Magasin. Published 2017-10-30.
  • Rakner, Lise; Randall, Vicky. 2017. Institutional Perspectives. Kapittel 3, pages 44-57. In:
    • Rakner, Lise; Randall, Vicky; Peter, Burnell. 2017. Politics in the Developing World, 5th Edition. Oxford University Press. 453 pages. ISBN: 978-0-19-873743-8.
  • Rakner, Lise; Randall, Vicky; Peter, Burnell. 2017. Politics in the Developing World, 5th Edition. Oxford University Press. 453 pages. ISBN: 978-0-19-873743-8.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Rakner, Lise; Skage, Ingvild Aagedal. 2016. Political capital of ruling parties after regime change: contrasting successful insurgencies to peaceful pro-democracy movements. Civil Wars. 18: 175-191. doi: 10.1080/13698249.2016.1205563
  • Rakner, Lise; Gloppen, Siri. 2015. Norske klimaparadokser. Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift. 31: 246-255.
  • Andreassen, Bård A.; Langford, Malcolm; Rakner, Lise. 2014. Memorandum:Overview of research findings regarding aid in support of democratization and human rights observance. NORAD, Oslo. 42 pages.
  • Eide, Elisabeth; Elgesem, Dag; Gloppen, Siri; Rakner, Lise. 2014. Norske paradokser. Kapittel 1, pages 9-23. In:
    • Eide, Elisabeth; Elgesem, Dag; Gloppen, Siri; Rakner, Lise. 2014. Klima, medier og politikk. Abstrakt forlag. 334 pages. ISBN: 978-82-7935-363-8.
  • Eide, Elisabeth; Elgesem, Dag; Gloppen, Siri; Rakner, Lise. 2014. Klima, medier og politikk. Abstrakt forlag. 334 pages. ISBN: 978-82-7935-363-8.
  • Ferraz, Octavio L. Motta; Gloppen, Siri; Mæstad, Ottar; Rakner, Lise. 2014. Judging the price of life: cons considerations in right-to-health litigation. 7, pages 121-145. In:
    • Aasen, Henriette Sinding; Gloppen, Siri; Magnussen, Anne-Mette; Nilssen, Even. 2014. Juridification and social citizenship in the welfare state. Edward Elgar Publishing. 317 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78347-022-8.
  • Gloppen, Siri; Rakner, Lise; Vibe, Vegard Furustøl. 2014. Stortingsklima. Klima som valgkamptema og norske politikeres syn på klimautfordringene. 2, pages 23-43. In:
    • Eide, Elisabeth; Elgesem, Dag; Gloppen, Siri; Rakner, Lise. 2014. Klima, medier og politikk. Abstrakt forlag. 334 pages. ISBN: 978-82-7935-363-8.
  • Helle, Svein-Erik Hansen; Rakner, Lise. 2014. Grabbing’ an election: Abuse of state resources in the 2011 elections in Uganda. kap 13, pages 161-171. In:
    • Søreide, Tina; Williams, David Aled. 2014. Corruption, grabbing and development : real world challenges. Edward Elgar Publishing. 216 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78254-440-1.
  • Rakner, Lise. 2014. Governance. Kap 15, pages 224-240. In:
    • Rakner, Lise; Burnell, Peter; Randall, Vicky. 2014. Politics in the Developing World [4th ed.]. Oxford University Press. 450 pages. ISBN: 978–0–19–966600–3.
  • Rakner, Lise; Burnell, Peter. 2014. Democracy. Kap 14, pages 209-223. In:
    • Rakner, Lise; Burnell, Peter; Randall, Vicky. 2014. Politics in the Developing World [4th ed.]. Oxford University Press. 450 pages. ISBN: 978–0–19–966600–3.
  • Rakner, Lise; Burnell, Peter; Randall, Vicky. 2014. Politics in the Developing World [4th ed.]. Oxford University Press. 450 pages. ISBN: 978–0–19–966600–3.
  • Rakner, Lise; Burnell, Peter; Randall, Vicky. 2014. Politics in the developing world. Oxford University Press. 441 pages. ISBN: 9780199666003.
  • Rakner, Lise; Randall, Vicky. 2014. Institutional Perspectives. Kap 3, pages 44-58. In:
    • Rakner, Lise; Burnell, Peter; Randall, Vicky. 2014. Politics in the Developing World [4th ed.]. Oxford University Press. 450 pages. ISBN: 978–0–19–966600–3.
  • Vibe, Vegard Furustøl; Gloppen, Siri; Rakner, Lise. 2014. Klimabistand: god bistandspolitikk? 9, pages 157-175. In:
    • Eide, Elisabeth; Elgesem, Dag; Gloppen, Siri; Rakner, Lise. 2014. Klima, medier og politikk. Abstrakt forlag. 334 pages. ISBN: 978-82-7935-363-8.
  • Rakner, Lise. 2013. Foreign Aid and Democratic Consolidation in Zambia. kap 8. In:
    • Resnick, Danielle; van de Walle, Nicolas. 2013. Democratic Trajectories in Africa: Unraveling the Impact of Foreign Aid. Oxford University Press. 328 pages. ISBN: 978-0199686285.
  • Rakner, Lise; Svåsand, Lars G. 2013. “Competition and participation, but no democracy: The politics of elections in Africa´s feckless regimes”. Statsvetenskaplig Tidsskrift. 115: 365-384.
  • Helle, Svein-Erik Hansen; Gloppen, Siri; Rakner, Lise. 2012. I pose og sekk? Klima i norsk utviklingspolitikk etter 2005. 8, pages 271-295. In:
    • Tjønneland, Elling Njål. 2012. Nye stormakter i Afrika - utvikling eller utbytting? Scandinavian Academic Press. 320 pages. ISBN: 978-82-304-0095-1.
  • Rakner, Lise. 2012. WP/016 Foreign Aid and Democratic Consolidation in Zambia. UNU-WIDER Research Papers. Published 2012-02-01.
  • Rakner, Lise; Helle, Svein-Erik Hansen. 2012. The interplay between poverty and electoral authoritarianism: Poverty and political mobilization in Zambia and Uganda. Christian Michelsen Institutt, Bergen. 22 pages.
  • Svåsand, Lars G; Rakner, Lise. 2012. Foreign aid, democracy promotion and democratic progress. Chapter 4, pages 39-48. In:
    • Blom-Hansen, J.; Green-Pedersen, Christoffer; Skaanning, Svend-Erik. 2012. Democracy, Elections and Political Parties. 229 pages. ISBN: 978-87-7335-165-9.
  • Burnell, Peter; Randall, Vicky; Rakner, Lise. 2011. Politics in the Developing World. Oxford University Press. 537 pages. ISBN: 978-0-19-957083-6.
  • Mæstad, Ottar; Rakner, Lise; Ferraz, Octavio L. Motta. 2011. Assessing the impact of health rights litigation : a comparative analysis of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, India and South Africa. Chapter 11, pages 273-303. In:
    • Gloppen, Siri; Yamin, Alicia Ely. 2011. Litigating Health Rights: Can Courts Bring More Justice to Health (Harvard Law School Human Rigthts Programme Series). Harvard University Press. 435 pages. ISBN: 978-0-979-63955-5.
  • Rakner, Lise. 2011. Institutionalizing the pro-democracy movements: the case of Zambia's Movement for Multiparty Democracy. Democratization. 18: 1106-1124. doi: 10.1080/13510347.2011.603469
  • Rakner, Lise; Burnell, Peter. 2011. Governance and Aid Conditionality in a Globalizing World. 15, pages 277-296. In:
    • Burnell, Peter; Randall, Vicky; Rakner, Lise. 2011. Politics in the Developing World. Oxford University Press. 537 pages. ISBN: 978-0-19-957083-6.
  • Rakner, Lise; Svåsand, Lars G. 2011. In search of the impact of international support for political parties in new democracies: Malawi and Zambia compared. Chapter 9, pages 186-210. In:
    • Burnell, Peter; Gerrits, André W. M. 2011. Promoting Party Politics in Emerging Democracies. Routledge. 256 pages. ISBN: 978-0-415-59423-3.
  • Rakner, Lise; Vicky, Randall. 2011. Institutional Perspectives. 1, pages 53-70. In:
    • Burnell, Peter; Randall, Vicky; Rakner, Lise. 2011. Politics in the Developing World. Oxford University Press. 537 pages. ISBN: 978-0-19-957083-6.
  • Rakner, Lise. 2010. The Management of the 2009 Electoral Process. The Role of the Malawi Electoral Commission. 1, pages 25-45. In:
    • Ott, Martin; Kanyongolo, Fidelis Edge. 2010. Democracy in progress. Malawi's 2009 parliamentary and presidential elections. Kachere Series. 444 pages. ISBN: 978-99908-87-89-1.
  • Rakner, Lise; Svåsand, Lars G. 2010. In search of the impact of international support for political parties in new democracies: Malawi and Zambia compared. Democratization. 17: 1250-1274. doi: 10.1080/13510347.2010.520555
  • Makara, Sabiti; Rakner, Lise; Svåsand, Lars G. 2009. Turnaround: The national resistance movement and the reintroduction of a multiparty system in Uganda. International Political Science Review. 30: 185-204. doi: 10.1177/0192512109102436
  • Rakner, Lise; Svåsand, Lars G. 2009. Valgets politikk: Betydningen av legale og administrative virkemidler for å beholde makten i Malawi og Uganda. Politica - Tidsskrift for politisk videnskab. 41: 268-282.
  • Rakner, Lise; Svåsand, Lars G. 2009. Valgets politikk: Betydningen av administrative og legale virkemidler for å beholde makten i Malawi og Uganda. Politica - Tidsskrift for politisk videnskab. 41: 268-282.
  • Rakner, Lise; Van de Walle, Nicolas. 2009. Opposition Parties and Incumbent Presidents: The New Dynamics of Electoral Competition in Africa. 8, pages 202-225. In:
    • Lindberg, Staffan. 2009. Democratization by Elections: A New Mode of Transition. Johns Hopkins University Press. 406 pages. ISBN: 0-8018-9319-4.
  • Rakner, Lise; Van de Walle, Nicolas. 2009. Opposition weakness in Africa. Journal of Democracy. 20: 108-121.
  • Kiiza, Julius; Makara, Sabiti; Rakner, Lise. 2008. Electoral democracy in Uganda : understanding institutional processes and outcomes of the 2006 multiparty elections. Fountain Publishers. 302 pages. ISBN: 9789970026708.
  • Gloppen, Siri; Rakner, Lise. 2007. Introduction: Coming to grips with the current predicaments of political parties. introduksjonskapittel, pages 11-21. In:
    • Rakner, Lise; Gloppen, Siri. 2007. Globalization and democratization: Challenges for political parties. Fagbokforlaget. 259 pages. ISBN: 9788245006940.
  • Rakner, Lise; Gloppen, Siri. 2007. Globalization and democratization: Challenges for political parties. Fagbokforlaget. 259 pages. ISBN: 9788245006940.
  • Rakner, Lise; Svåsand, Lars G; Khembo, Nixon S. 2007. Fissions and fusions, foes and friends - Party system restructuring in Malawi in the 2004 general elections. Comparative Political Studies. 40: 1112-1137. doi: 10.1177/0010414006290782
  • Rakner, Lise; van de walle, nicloas. 2007. Opposition parties in sub-saharan Africa. kapittel fire, pages 91-110. In:
    • Rakner, Lise; Gloppen, Siri. 2007. Globalization and democratization: Challenges for political parties. Fagbokforlaget. 259 pages. ISBN: 9788245006940.
  • Rakner, Lise. 2005. Stuck in Transition: Electoral Processes in Zambia 1991-2001. Democratization. 12: 85-105.
  • Rakner, Lise. 2005. Figthing Poverty in Africa: are PRSPs making a difference. Journal of Modern African Studies. 43: 492-493.
  • Rakner, Lise; Wang, Vibeke. 2005. The accountability function of supreme audit institutions in Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania. Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway.
  • Svåsand, Lars G; Rakner, Lise. 2005. Stuck in Transition: Electoral Processes in Zambia 1991-2001. Democratization. 12: 85-105.
  • Bwalya, Eddie; Rakner, Lise; Svåsand, Lars G. 2003. The PRSP process in Zambia. CMI, Bergen.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

  • Democratization
  • Political parties
  • Electoral processes 
  • Human rights, rights litigation
  • Development, development aid
  • Africa (Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Southern Africa)
  • 2017- 2021      Research Council of Norway (FRIHUMSAM): Breaking BAD: Explaining Backlash Against Democracy (PI).
  • 2016-2020       Vetenskapsrådet (The Swedish Research Council): Social Institutions and Governance: Lessons from Sub-Sahara Africa               (Gothenburg University, co PI with Ellen Lust
  • 2015 – 2016    Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study (UC Berkeley) grant 2015-2016: “The Bergen-Berkeley Research Program on Political Parties in the Developing World.” Co-PI with Leo Arriola (UC Berkeley)
  • 2016- 2017      Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study (UC Berkeley) grant 2016-2017: “The Bergen-Berkeley Research Program on Political Parties in the Developing World.” Co-PI with Leo Arriola (UC Berkeley)
  • Election processes, liberation movements and democratic change in Africa (2009-11, Norwegian Minstry of Foreign Affairs)
  • Litigating the Right to Health (Norwegian Research Council). The Political economy impact of Health Right Litigations in the Global South. NFR funded project 2009-2011.
  • Democratic Consolidation in Malawi (2007-2011) NUFU and NOMA project
  • Strategic Governance and Corruption Assessments (SGACA). Uganda pilot study (2007) (Ecorys/CMI/ODI).
  • Good Governance, Aid Modalities and Poverty Reduction: Linkages to the Millennium Development Goals (2006-07). Lead researcher for: “Aiding new democracies: assessing assistance and lessons”. Commissioned study for Development Cooperation Ireland (RP-05-GG). (2006-2007)
  • The institutional and legal context of the 2006 general elections in Uganda (2004-2007)